DIRECTOR | PHOTOGRAPHER | EMPOWERMENT ADVOCATE
“Globally esteemed celebrity and fashion photographer and director… dynamic and teetering on the verge of reality and fantasy... at the cross-roads of pop culture and critical acclaim.”–Andrew Kalish, The Lincoln Center
“Indrani is renowned for her iconic imagery and visionary storytelling.” –Shinjini Das, Huffington Post
“An extraordinary director… riveting, shocking, touching… brilliant and provocative.” – Scott Goodson, Forbes
“Wielding her visionary work like a weapon, Indrani is using her art and resources for social justice and change.” – Zee Chang, Soma Magazine
"Rad feminist director" (Jezebel), photographer, branding expert and social justice advocate, Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri is known by the single name Indrani for creating cultural icons and moving millions to action across the film, TV, fashion, and music industries. Her films have won over 25 awards, including two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity, Best Picture and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and Best Film at the CNN Expose Awards 2018. Her work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The Victor & Albert Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Centre Georges Pompidou, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Lincoln Center, The Museum of the Fashion Institute, The Rubin Museum of Art, the Australian Center for the Moving Image, and been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, V, Vanity Fair and VICE. Known for her collaborative approach, she has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Kate Winslet and David Bowie, and brands from L'Oreal and Nike to Pepsi.
"Her creative lens, coupled with an impassioned perspective on gender realities... powerful and provocative" (Huffington Post).
COLLABORATIONS: Beyonce, Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Keanu Reeves, Bon Jovi, KAWS, Richard Phillips, Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman.
CLIENTS: Pepsi, Nike, Barney’s New York, LVMH, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, MAC, L’Oreal Paris, Shiseido, Pantene, Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences, Remy Martin, Sky Blue, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Wolford, Girard Perregaux, Anna Sui, Baume et Mercier, De Beers, Epson, Broncolor, Mattel, Hello Kitty, Jaguar. CLIENT LIST
PUBLICATIONS: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, London Sunday Times, Huffington Post, LA Times, Washington Post, Slate, Interview, GQ, Interview, WWD, Soma and Muse.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Indrani has spoken at numerous prestigious events and institutions including Harvard University, Princeton University, NYU, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Center Georges Pompidou and the United Nations. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS LIST
“A powerful dream vision – Opulent, beatific…unforgettable.” – B+W Magazine: The Masters
Indrani works consistently to develop projects that empower women, the underprivileged, and support environmental sustainability. "Indrani is internationally recognized for her extensive work on social causes and her video and stills campaign, Digital Death, against AIDS in India and Africa raised over a $1M in under a week" (Huffington Post).
Indrani co-founded Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org providing education and resources to over 300 women and children in West Bengal, India. With her extensive work with NGOs she was appointed Special Advisor to the UNGMDF and UN World Forums, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the private and public sectors together to help advance the post-Global Millennium Development goals.
"At the forefront of contemporary photography" - NOWNESS
"Empowering young girls to become powerful agents of change," (Huffington Post).
Known as a "Rad feminist director" (Jezebel), Indrani directed top Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Frieda Pinto, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor for the female empowerment film Girl Rising India.
TV: Indrani has been featured on: Showbiz Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra! Inside Edition, E! News, CNN, America’s Next Top Model, Larry King Live, VH1’s Short List, Fashion Television, The “It” Factor, CBS, USA Today,
BRAVO (NBC) DOCU-SERIES DOUBLE EXPOSURE Indrani co-produced and was the subject of a 6-part docu-series on primetime Bravo/ NBC that was syndicated to 200 countries. It featured the creative process of Indrani working with Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Dita Von Teese, Armie Hammer along with Klinko and GK Reid.
Born in Calcutta to a traditional Indian family, as a child Indrani accompanied her British mother working with Mother Teresa, and developed a passion for helping those in need. Eager to learn photography and film, she became a model-actress at age 14, working with leading artists around the world. At 18, she returned to India and used her earnings to co-found Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org for women and children.
At Princeton University, Indrani spearheaded student movements to study Sanskrit and create a South Asian Studies Program. She graduated magna cum laude (with High Honors) in Cultural Anthropology. While a student, her work was discovered by David Bowie, who commissioned her first album cover for his "Heathen". Indrani and classical harpist Markus Klinko began their professional photography careers together as the photography duo Markus + Indrani.
"A fashion photography powerhouse" (Wonderland).